This journal is coming at you in the highly technological and amazing format of 2D text! (or is the fact that you are more than likely reading this with pixels on a screen make the actual text of this message in 1D?) That will be an extra $3.00 please.
Ok. I get it. 3D movies are big right now.
I knew it would be like this when I first saw the craze coming about with Coraline. A movie that distinctly seemed to me that it didn't need to be in 3D. In fact I enjoyed the movie less for it being in 3D.
I know it was around before that, but in my world, it feels very much that Coraline was the linchpin removed. Then came tumbling out of my local theater were all these movies that were in 3D. And then Avatar moved in and didn't leave for what felt like half a year.
And now where are we? Clash of the Titans. Alice in Wonderland. How to Train your Dragon. The Last Airbender. (which I -do- want to see, but refuse to see in 3D.) Prince of Persia.
All for what exactly? The screen seems dimmer. The tickets cost more. It's a toss up on if it will give me eye strain or not (I have discovered the key to avoiding it is always staying focused on the field of the white screen. It's a learning process, and irritating to think about during a movie, when all I want is to enjoy the story and not think about my eyeballs.) and even then I have to wear the glasses, which feel small on my unnaturally LARGE and BEAUTIFUL head.
I'm not a fan of 3D. But like many others, I'm tolerating it.
I almost didn't go see "How to Train Your Dragon" because it was a 3D film, but when it came back from several peers that it was a great movie, I too really wanted to see it. So I did that, this past Sunday.
I walk up to the theater and get charged $8.00 for a 2:15 pm Sunday show.
I know the price of entertainment always goes up. I'm in a small Missouri town and maybe some of you who will read this far will feel that I shouldn't be complaining about an $8.00 ticket. Let me tell you that I understand that in the big city the price is reflected to be higher.
And what do the ticket sellers say?
"Oh! It's a surcharge for the 3D glasses."
So I went to the manager and asked. "Why is it that I can not save resources, keep my glasses at the end of the movie, and save everyone a buck for the premium charge?"
And the manager looked at me with an expression of well rehearsed sympathy, giving me an explanation that he must have given many people before me. "Oh you see..." He said. "The charge isn't just for the glasses, it's because the projector for the 3D light cost us (Some number I don't remember but ended with...) Million Dollars. And then there is the fact that making a movie in 3D costs more on the production side in Hollywood, and the entire process is just more expensive in general. So. It's sold at a premium to cover the off set."
So I guess that means when we've paid off the projectors the cost will go back down right?
So. In short. I'm paying $3.00 more for an experience that more often than not irritates me as I try to enjoy my movie. This is honestly the frustration I feel. I wanted to go see "How to Train Your Dragon" while it was still in theater, but couldn't find it in a non 3D experience.
I think I'm going to up my irritation to an outright boycott.
I'm not paying for it. And I want hollywood to get the message that gimmicks are no replacement for talent. 3D didn't make "How to Train Your Dragon" the great movie it was. In fact, I would say that 3D was last in line for the credit.
What made that movie great was the coloring. The superb animation rendering. The story wasn't awful. The script had clever moments. THE DRAGON WAS SO CUTE I WANTED TO HUG HIM AND STEAL HIM HOME.
The 3D? I could have done without.
Anyway. I found this great article in Newsweek about it. And Roger Ebert sums it up better than I could, with reasons far more solid and well spoken.
If you have the time, I suggest you read the article:
"Why I Hate 3-D (And You Should Too)
I'm not opposed to 3-D as an option. I'm opposed to it as a way of life."http://www.newsweek.com/id/237110?obref=obinsite